Le Testament d'Orphée

O Testamento de Orfeu (1960)
O Testamento de Orfeu de Jean Cocteau

Time Out says

Cocteau's last film is as personal and private as its title suggests, and it makes little sense for viewers unfamiliar with his other work. It's a wry, self-conscious re-examination of a lifetime's obsessions, with Cocteau playing himself at the centre of the mythology that he created in countless books, plays, films and paintings. This mythology yields a torrent of familiar characters, situations, effects and images, all of them quoted in a spirit of bewilderment and growing disillusionment: Cocteau finally disappears into his fictional world, leaving the real world to a noisy new generation. Nothing about the film is in the least seductive except for its fundamental openness; the tone veers between gentle irony and low-key pessimism. Cocteau admirers will probably find it very moving.

By: TR


Release details

83 mins

Cast and crew

Jean Cocteau
Jean Cocteau
Jean Cocteau
Edouard Dermithe
Henri Crémieux
Jean-Pierre Léaud
Maria Casarès
François Périer
Jean Marais
Yul Brynner
Pablo Picasso
Lucia Bosè
Charles Aznavour
Françoise Sagan
Roger Vadim
Daniel Gélin
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